New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Gujarat government on Monday issued guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown, announcing that the state will have containment and non-containment zones, with only essential services allowed in the former. 

While schools, colleges, shopping malls and gyms will remain closed, as directed in the MHA guidelines, barber shops and salons have been allowed to open in non-containment zones, announced Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.  

He further annonced that restaurants can open, but only home delivery of food will be allowed. "Restaurants can open but only for home delivery of food. The food delivery agents must have a health card. Restaurants on highways can be open but social distancing to be maintained," he said.  

Rupani had said on Sunday that Gujarat will be divided into containment and non-containment zones, and economic activities will be allowed in non-containment zones in the state during the extended lockdown period as the per the Centre's guidelines. 

He said that people not wearing masks and those spitting in public places will be fined Rs 200 for the violations. Gujarat has so far reported over 11,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus along with over 650 deaths. 

The guidelines came after the Centre empowered the states to delineate red, orange and green zones. In the guidelines issued by the MHA on Sunday, it said that district and civic authorities will identify the containment and buffer zones. 

Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained, and no movement of persons would be allowed, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.

Inter- and intra-state movement of public vehicles with conditions and reopening of all shops except those in malls and COVID-19 containment zones has been allowed by the Centre. However, educational institutions, gyms and shopping malls, along with air and metro services and public gatherings continue to remain shut across the country will May 31.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta